What is Interlibrary Loan?

What is Interlibrary Loan?


If we don't have what you're looking for...

Check out from other libraries using your HPL library card!  With your MY Link card you can search a much larger library catalog and borrow from other library systems if you aren't able to find what you need through Houston Public Library.


Get Started
  1. Get a MY Link card
  2. Check your ILL account
  3. Search Texas Group Catalog
  4. Questions?  Call 832-393-1447


Things to Know
  • Please be aware the normal arrival time of two to six weeks may be prolonged and that requests may not be filled due to library closures.
  • Maximum number of active requests is five (5). This includes pending requests and items currently checked out.
  • ILL items are subject to standard Houston Public Library fines and fees for overdue, damaged and/or lost materials.
  • To request and receive ILL items, you must have a current Houston Public Library card in good standing.
  • ILL materials must be checked out with your Houston Public Library card.
  • Requests for items owned by Houston Public Library will be canceled even if the material is available for library-use only.
  • Check out period is three (3) weeks with No Renewals.
  • ILL requests will count towards the 30 hold limit on Houston Public Library materials.
  • If an ILL request is received when a customer has 30 holds, the ILL cannot be processed. The customer will be notified that a hold must be cleared for the ILL request to be received.
  • ILL materials may take two to six weeks to arrive. If you have questions about your request, contact the ILL department at 832-393-1447.
  • Last Updated Aug 10, 2023
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  • Answered By Sreelu Kurup

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